Dr. Gerry Bates has been specialising in environmental law since the early 1970s. He was one of the first academics in an Australian university to introduce environmental law to the curriculum, and has been responsible for the development of many specialist undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development courses since then.
Both the University of Sydney and the Australian National University have awarded him the status of Adjunct Professor.
Dr. Bates is well known in Australia for his standard university text ‘Environmental Law in Australia’, now in its 7th edition. He is also the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the ‘Environmental and Planning Law Journal’, a business publication that has been published continuously since its inception in 1983. Dr. Bates also writes chapters for the prestigious ‘Halsbury’s Laws of Australia’ and Thomsons “Laws of Australia”.
Dr. Bates currently teaches courses in environmental law at the University of Sydney and the University of NSW. He also undertakes short courses, and consultancy services, for the public and corporate sectors.
Between 1986 and 1996 Dr. Bates was a Green Independent Member of Parliament in Tasmania, leader of Greens business in the House of Assembly and a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Subordinate Legislation. He resigned in 1996 to return to the law.
From 1998 to 2010, Dr. Bates served on the Board of the Environment Protection Authority of NSW, and was a member of the State of the Environment Advisory Council (SEAC). From 2006-2011 Dr. Bates was one of four directors of Kimbriki Environmental Enterprises, a multi-million dollar regional waste recovery centre and landfill serving four local governments on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. He also runs an international antiques business with his wife Fiona.
In 1996 the National Environmental Law Association conferred on Dr.Bates an award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Environmental Law’. In 2006 he was nominated for a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at the ANU; and a Carrick Institute Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.
Dr. Bates lives in Pittwater with his wife and three children.